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Printed from https://shop.writing.com/main/books/entry_id/1016777
by Rhyssa
Rated: 18+ · Book · Writing · #1871894
a place to rest my thoughts
#1016777 added September 4, 2021 at 3:53pm
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terror
his birthday present was terror
as his wife paled with blood loss
and went silent
as the doctor
rushed him from the delivery room
and others rushed in
in response to a coded message
he didn't understand,
as minutes passed with
impossible swiftness and
ineffectual slowness,
as a baby's cry finally broke
through the endless
mechanical white noise
as he waited (a long, long, eternal
half hour) not knowing,
until the clock struck midnight
and they finally let him back
to see them, the baby boy
who would share his birthday,
and his wife, still. Pale and still.

line count: 21
Prompt: SCARIEST BIRTHDAY EVER

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